Monday, April 12, 2010

The Texas Bluebonnet Festival

Warning! Photo heavy post!

So yesterday we headed out to the Texas Bluebonnet festival in Chapell Hill TX. Now for those of you unfamiliar with bluebonnets, let me just say that these pretty blue flowers are to Texas what clovers are to Ireland. They are a part of the culture around here and each spring hoards of Texans head out to see the amazing fields of wildflowers and take photos. My family is no exception to this pilgrimage and yesterday was our day to go pay homage to the little state flower.

Our first stop was in Chapell Hill, where they hold a fun festival full of venders, fried food, and a little children's area with a petting zoo/small rides. There was lots to see there and plenty of homemade handicrafts to buy. We mostly just looked and browsed, but finally gave in at a cute booth stocked with handmade wooden children's toys. The boys had spotted some pop guns which much to their delight and our chagrin make a perfect "pop" when released.

They certainly had a good time with them, but we did have to ban popping them in the car on the way home :)

After a yummy fried dinner we left the festival and headed out to Brenham to take a look at our favorite field of bluebonnets--which sadly, wasn't as beautiful as in past years but still looked quite nice. My favorite moment came as I opened the car door near this field and the smell of all the flowers just about took my breath away--it was amazing!

We took a lot of photos, played and walked around the field and just over all had a good time!

Spencer just had to try on Grandma's new hat!

He decided pink was not his color and gave it back :)

Spencer wouldn't sit down, but I got a few good phots of him playing as he ran down the hill we were exploring.

The other two boys will succumb to my begging--so we got a few sitting photos of them.

We topped the evening off with ice cream on the drive home and overall just had a really nice day! I'm so glad we went!

As a side note, here are a couple of projects I fit in over the past few days as well. Again I'm off season with this card, but it fits the flower theme of my post, right? :)

The papers here are all Cosmo Cricket, as are the chipboard letters and the letter stickers. I had a lot of fun making those sunflowers--which always remind me of fall.

And this last one comes as a result of my prize pkg from My Mind's Eye, mentioned in some posts below. They were so generous as to send me not only their Little Boy Blue line, but the entire Quite Contrary collection. I was so excited that I dove right in and did this layout using the Jack and Jill line.  It is about the day I found Spencer asleep atop this mountain of blankets. He had stacked up every blanket he could find on his toddler bed and then perched himself at the top for his afternoon nap. Finding him there totally made me smile. You just never know what this little boy is going to think up!

This layout is based on a sketch by Becky Fleck which can be found here.

Anyhow, that's the end of today's mega post! As always, thanks for stopping by!


  1. I just LOVE the pictures in the blue bonnets. The closest thing we have is a field of cotton (well, not right now, of course) and we'll have to take a picture in one sometime this fall. It must be so fun to be so close. Perhaps we'll have to take a trip over there so that we can see them, too.

    Cute projects, too! I LOVE that Jack and Jill collection- it's my fave of their CHA releases this time.

  2. Love the pictures with the bluebonnets. Did you stop for Blue Bell ice cream while you were in Brenham?

  3. What a fun day! I LOVE Bluebonnets and it looks as though you found some great ones. The pic of your parents is so cute. Love it!